Howdy! I just got finished working on new Social Studies curriculum for our district! It was a very productive and useful day! I did miss being with the ‘staches, but I enjoyed my day. I have a HUGE announcement…but I’m gonna make you wait til the end!
14 carrot sight words? Like did we eat 14 carrots like Bugs Bunny?! Nope. Get it?! 14 carrot…like shiny and good like 14 Karat gold….LOL! I’m lame I know but I amuse myself!
So yesterday I posted this picture of something I was working on creating for my class and I had a huge response. Everyone was wanting details…so here they are!
So I have purchased an abundance of these carrots from Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree. True story…I opened my trunk yesterday and found even more. I’m a carrot hoarder. But it’s ok. Not only are they great for Easter time, but they’re perfect for spring too….they go great with units on plants! HELLO!
So here’s what I did.
I took some sight words we needed extra help with and used letter tiles from Teaching In The Tongass. I printed them on full sheet labels.
Then I cut the words in strips. This is so much easier than doing each individual letter. I peeled the paper off the back and placed the tiles on the strips. (You can see the letters from back…no problem)
After I stuck them on, I trimmed off all the excess and BAM! I had letter tiles! (You can also write on the tiles with Sharpie or use Scrabble Tiles!)
Then I placed them into the carrots and numbered the carrots!
The students pick a carrot and open it. They build the word and write the word on the correct carrot. This is great practice for those students who have mastered sight words because it challenges them in a different way. I was very impressed with how well they did at building the words. If you wanted to make this differentiated, you could provide a list of words so students had a list of words to refer to.
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Thank you! You will be an amazing speaker! Congrats!
I've loved all your videos. You will give a great presentation!! We've been doing your “good morning”/action” morning routine since we've come back from break and the students love it. They love when we acknowledge them and when we do their action! Thank you. It gets them moving and let's them appreciate each other! You are the best! From: your “fan” in NV 🙂
Congrats! I will be teaching in your district next year–I can't wait to see the new curriculum and hopefully see you speak!
Oh this is so cool! I wish you taught 3 year olds, I'd be able to steal ideas!
Hoping the ted talk will be uploaded on Youtube! So excited for you! 😀
Congrats! I would love to hear your TED talk! Also, I love the 14 carrot sight word center! I also bought some carrot eggs, but a smaller size from Dollar Tree. I found small alphabet beads that I could put in the eggs to use instead of the tiles. I love having the alphabet beads because I can use them for lots of different sight words centers. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas…I just discovered your blog and I check it everyday!!!
HI Greg! Thanks for the letter tiles/carrot eggs activity! I was so excited my Wal Mart still had some of those carrots when I went the other day. To allow me differentiate further, would you be able to provide a page of blank tiles? Then I can put in some easier words for one of my little Bees who is really struggling still. Thanks a bunch! PS: SO EXCITED about TED!
Never mind about the tiles. I now see your note that they're from Teaching in the Tongass. Grabbed them at TPT. 🙂
Congratulations!!!! You'll be great! Thanks for sharing such wonderful resources!!!
I have the same carrots in my workstations this week and we are using them as word families. I wrote __ip on one and __at and __op. Inside each carrot are four letter tiles to make different words for each word family. I just used foam squares I found in my closet and wrote letters on them with a sharpie. I did color coordinate each word family as well as wrote numbers on the bottom of the carrots and backs of the letter tiles just to keep them separated. THe students just take out the tiles and read the word and write it on their recording sheet. I just thought I would share. Thank you for all the ideas you share with us!!